Category: Reflections

Goodbye, DS106

Goodbye, DS106

It’s about that time, fellow survivors! We have reached the End of the End.

Can you believe it’s been 16 weeks? I can’t!

These last two weeks, I have completed seven Daily Creates and finally finished my final story, which I worked on with my friend, Taylor! It took us quite a while, but it is finally finished and we are both so proud of it.

Taylor and I decided to work together on this project because we really enjoyed working together for our radio show a few weeks back. We decided we wanted to write a story, because it is something that both of us love to do. I could spend hours and hours writing fictional stories with no storyline whatsoever. However, I definitely do that this time!

We decided to tell the story of our two characters, Dr. Annalise Huddleston and Felicity (Flick). Go check out our story, An Adventure to Remember. We included three elements in our story including writing, design, and photography. We wrote the story together, and then yesterday and today walked around UMW’s campus taking pictures of buildings around campus that gave off an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic vibe. Our design ideas came to life in the wedding invitation that I created, the blog posts from Flick (Taylor), and the “evidence” board as we called it where we kept track of “what we know” about the apocalypse that we “created.”

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed writing and working with Taylor. I also can’t tell you how proud I am of how this story came together.

Besides our final story, I completed seven Daily Creates. Check them out below!

We have come to the End of the End of the End.

This semester has been one of my favorites, and if I could, I would take this class again. I enjoyed the creative freedom as well learning more about myself. I could write another goodbye blog post all about this semester, but for now, I will say goodbye here. I will always have a scrapbook of memories from this class here on this blog! I’m so proud of everything I’ve done this semester! Please continue to enjoy my past works! Let me know what you think!

“This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later.”

 

Movie Time!

Movie Time!

This week, we continued our unit on video! One of the first assignments was to watch another apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic movie! Last week, I watched The Quiet Earth. This week, I watched a movie that I really, really enjoyed, The Day the Earth Stood Still (the 1951 version).

Source: Wikipedia

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this movie! As I have said before, I am not the biggest science-fiction fan, however, this movie was so good! I also have a special place in my heart for old black and white movies. My mom and I used to watch them all the time on the Turner Classic Movies channel. My favorite one was Bringing Up Baby.

Source: imDb

Anyways,¬†The Day the Earth Stood Still¬†is about how a UFO lands in the middle of Washington D.C. one day. Klaatu, a ‘human’ who changes his name to Mr. Carpenter as to seem more ‘human,’ comes to Earth on behalf of the aliens in order to learn about the Earth’s humanity during the Cold War-era. His and his robot friend, Gort, seem to terrorize the city, even though they are not looking to harm anyone or anything, as long as everything goes well. Klaatu meets a family, and spends time with and befriends the young son, Bobby, who has no idea that this man is the ‘space-man’ that everyone is looking for, and is able to learn more about the world and meet some very important people. I won’t spoil too much, though! It is such a good movie! If you’ve never seen it, I strongly recommend it!

After watching this movie, I completed a video assignment to go along with the movie! I chose to do the assignment,¬†Character/Genre Song Mashup, from the assignment bank. Basically, I took different scenes of Klaatu and Gort from this film, and interspersed scenes and clips of other futuristic/alien films and TV shows, such as¬†The Jetsons,¬†Lilo and Stitch,¬†Star Trek, and¬†Wall-E, and set it a song that I think meshes well with this video. I chose to use the song “Eye of the Tiger” by¬†Survivor.¬†I do not own the song or these movies/TV-shows that were included in this video.

Take a look!

I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think!

Learning to Read Movies

Learning to Read Movies

The first task of Week 10 has been to learn how to read movies. We all know how to watch movies, but can we all read them?

I’m a Communications and Digital Studies major. For one of the elective requirements, I took Intro to Cinema Studies here at UMW last semester. Here I thought that the semester would be full of just watching movies. This was definitely true, however, it was so much more than that. We had to learn the different parts of cinematography and got to go a little bit behind-the-scenes in order to understand why and how some of our favorite movies were made the way they were. It was not easy, I will tell you that. For example, it was strongly engrained in my brain that there is a huge¬†difference between a shot and a scene in a movie.¬†When I saw that we would be having a video unit in this class, I wondered if I would need to revisit my movie-sleuthing, if you will, abilities. I was (sort-of) right.

I finished reading Robert Ebert’s article,¬†How to Read a Movie, and it brought me right back to last semester. One thing that he mentioned that really stood out to me was how he explained the difference between when you put a character on the left of the screen and when you put a character on the right of the screen. As Ebert says, “in general terms, in a two-shot, the person on the right will “seem” dominant over the person on the left.” Who knew? He explains it a little more comprehensibly by saying, “Right is more positive, left more negative. Movement to the right seems more favorable; to the left, less so. The future seems to live on the right, the past on the left. The top is dominant over the bottom. The foreground is stronger than the background. Symmetrical compositions seem at rest. Diagonals in a composition seem to “move” in the direction of the sharpest angle they form, even though of course they may not move at all. Therefore, a composition could lead us into a background that becomes dominant over a foreground. Tilt shots of course put everything on a diagonal, implying the world is out of balance.” I never knew that a character’s placement in a film could mean so much.

The next part that I did was I watched four videos about four different aspects of filmmaking/filmmakers. You can watch these videos too:

Kubrick//One-Point Perspective

The Shining – Zooms

Tarantino//From Below 

2001 A Space Odyssey

First of all, they were each short, which was a nice luxury for a busy college student.

The first video is a montage of one-shot perspectives in Stanley Kubrick’s films. For example, in the movie,¬†The Shining, the shots in the movie in which the camera is at the end of the hallway looking forward, are examples of one-shot perspectives.

Source: Bloody-Disgusting.com

The second video is a montage in which all the shots/scenes in which zooms are used from The Shining. As each shot of a zoom is displayed on the screen, they each continue to play together which makes it feel somewhat chaotic. This also feels appropriate for a movie such as The Shining.

Source: Tenor

The third video is a compilation of all the shots in which the camera is at a tilted angle facing upwards as to make you feel like you are looking up at the characters in Quentin Tarantino’s films. Talk about intimidation while you’re just trying to enjoy watching a movie!

Source: Pinterest

The fourth and final video that I watched was a depiction of what a match-cut is in films. This video uses a scene the film¬†A Space Odyssey¬†in which a match-cut is used. A match-cut can be defined as when two shots of two different, but similar, elements are joined together. For example, in this video a bone is ‘match-cut’ with a space station.

Source: Reddit

As a last piece of learning how to read movies, I watched the film¬†The¬†Quiet Earth on Kanopy. The film is about a man, Zac Hobson, who wakes up one day to a world in which he is the last man on Earth. Everyone has disappeared, however, as Hobson explores the city, cars are abandoned on the road and no one is home or at work. He soon realizes that he now has all the power and can do whatever he wants! He moves into a mansion in one part of the movie and another scene is of him driving a police car around town. Is he alone, though? What happened, exactly? You’ll just have to watch the movie to find out!

Below, you can find a video that I created as a video essay in which I analyze a scene in the film. The scene I chose is when Hobson is living in the mansion, and he makes a “presidential” speech to different cardboard cutouts that he has placed in the yard. One of my favorite lines that he says is “I’ve been condemned to live.” Powerful, right?

Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse has Aired

Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse has Aired

On Tuesday, March 20th, my survivalist group’s radio show aired on DS106 Radio. It was so exciting to listen to something that we all worked so hard on on a platform where anyone and everyone could hear it! Rachel did a wonderful job editing everything together. There was one moment that the volume was a little funny, but everything turned out so well! In my opinion, it sounded professional and like something that we had spent a lot of time on rather than something that sounded like we tried to rush and get it over with. I do not have a link to our show just yet, however, when I do, I will add it in to this post.

I live-tweeted the event while trying to give some ‘behind-the-scenes’ information as well as trying to add some more humor to our already-funny radio show. Some examples of those tweets:

If you want to see more tweets from my live-tweet session, you can find them on my Twitter profile, @eafinto!

I’m so proud of how our show turned out. I also really enjoyed seeing my other classmates’ reactions to the show! From the health advice, to the beauty hacks, and lastly to the advice column, it was funny, entertaining, and exciting. I hope you all who listen(ed) enjoy too!

After our show, I listened to the next show that was airing on Tuesday, Eagle Report. I really enjoyed this show as well! It seemed like a real news report during the apocalypse. Very cool! I enjoyed how they integrated music into their show, as well. They had a theme song that would play at the beginning of the show and at the end of the show, as well as every time that the show would resume after a commercial/ad. I also love how creative this group got with incorporating different bumpers into their show. They used real-life commercials that we have all heard or seen on the radio or on TV. I tweeted along with this show as well, and one of my favorite tweets that I added to the discussion was:

This show reminded me a lot of the show that aired on DS106 Radio a few weeks ago about the mysterious outbreak and the contaminated water. It was a live broadcast of what was happening on the streets and what the announcer was seeing. This show from Eagle Report was very similar, and I really enjoyed it!

These radio shows were fun to create and listen to, and I hope I am able to work with my group again soon in the future, and maybe even create another episode of the¬†Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse.

Listen One, Listen All: We’re Going to be on the Air

Listen One, Listen All: We’re Going to be on the Air

My group and I met Wednesday night to record and edit our radio show, “Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse,” which will be airing on DS106 Radio next week! Keep your ears open for it!

We met in the vocal booth in the HCC to record all of our segments, bumpers, and more! After overcoming a few issues with the microphone and computer not wanting to pair up and function properly, each one of us (Rachel, Taylor, Morgan, Emily, and I) recored our different segments of our radio show. I went first, and I have to admit, I felt kind of silly recording my voice and my segment. We all acted as our characters in our segments. Instead of Rachel, Taylor, Morgan, Emily, and Elizabeth, we were Offred, Felicity, Jennifer, Bobbi Jane, and Annalise.

One thing that worked so well was the fact that we all worked together, and before any of us did anything, we did our best to share our ideas and scripts with one another so no one went in completely blind as to what someone was going to be doing/saying. First, I recorded my segment where I shared some health advice on how to stay healthy and safe during the apocalypse due to the fact that my character is a doctor. Then, Taylor and Rachel recorded their segment as Felicity and Offred, our group’s midwives! Their segment followed the form of an advice column. I won’t give their secrets away, so you’ll just have to listen to our show to find out what they said! Last, but definitely not least, Morgan and Emily recorded their segment as Jennifer and Bobbi Jane. Their segment was all about the different beauty hacks you can use during the apocalypse. I’m also not going to reveal anything about their segment because I don’t want to spoil anything!

Source: Paul Bogart

After all of the segments had been recorded, Emily recorded our introduction to the overall radio show. Then, two “commercials”/bumpers were created by Taylor and me. Our next bumper will be a song to make our show sound more like a radio show rather than a podcast.

Once everything was recorded, Morgan and Rachel worked together to work on music and sound effects for our overall show. We’re so grateful for them! Then, Rachel took on the huge task of editing everything together! She has had the most experience with this sort of thing, and she didn’t mind doing it!

Our show is almost completely finished, edited, and ready to play on the DS106 Radio. I absolutely have loved working with the girls in my group. We work so well together. Everyone takes control of each situation, and we are able to get our work done. The first night we met, we had already come up with our topic, what we would be saying, the name of our radio, and more! After only the second meeting, our radio show is completely recorded and almost completely edited! Rachel let us know as of right now, our show is about 19 minutes!

Get ready to learn about some hacks and useful tips to use for the apocalypse. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to tell us what you think!

Go check out my other group mates’ updates and thoughts below:

Taylor Malone

Rachel Melvin

Emily Sanborn

Morgan Burke

A Reflection on Design

A Reflection on Design

When you hear or say the word “design,” what is the first thing that pops into your mind?

Is it clothing design, interior design, graphic design, etc. or something completely different?

This week’s focus was on design and how to implement design in different projects!

I watched two TED talks this week. One was given by Paula Scher. The second was given by David Carson.

Paula Scher is well known for her creation of the Citi Bank logo. She discussed how design is a type of “play” (like children playing, not the show you watch in a theater). She explained how sometimes people can get so bogged down in their work that they forget to have some fun with it to make it their own. After the Citi Bank logo had been published, Scher began to paint! She painted and created a map of the world, but instead of making it an accurate map of where each city/country/state is, she mixed them up!

Source: ArtNet.com

The entire painting is made up of the names of each continent, country, state, city, etc. Another project she worked on was turning buildings into artwork! She decided to cover buildings in different words or phrases to make them her own. She also made sure to talk about how much she hates the font, Helvetica, because it is used in almost everything you see! Textbooks, maps, articles, posts, etc.! So she decided to turn her hatred for this type-face into a design-project! Check out some of her work below!

Source: John Clifford on Core77.com

Cool, right?

I love her artwork! She also included humor into some of her projects, such as this funny bathroom sign:

Source: Society for Experiential Graphic Design

The ways in which she chose to design different elements is pretty amazing, if you ask me. The best part of these examples above is the fact that she had such a fun time creating each one. She turned a passion of hers into her career and also something she is very well-known for. Some of her designs are over-the-top, but still fascinating and fun to look at. I’d love to go to a museum or an exhibition where all of her work is displayed in one place!

David Carson, before becoming a graphic designer, was a sociologist! He was fascinated with how different images/projections made people feel after seeing them. His work differed slightly from Paula Scher in that his work is more minimalist. However, I feel as though both designers are trying to send the same messages: Have fun with it and find the humor in it when you can!

Also, Carson’s designs are slightly more vulgar, but still are sometimes funny. Here are some examples:

Teacher sitting naked on a stack of books.
Source: DesignBoom.com
Don’t Mistake Legibility for Communication.
Source: David Carson Design

Carson, during his TED Talk, also talked about the two images below and how even though one “sign” is missing a letter doesn’t mean that there are two different messages being told, or are there? He then added a funny line when he said, “Which one would you park in front of?”

Source: ProcessandSkills.com

I almost feel as though David Carson is asking his viewers to comprehend his messages and designs in their own minds, without there being a right or wrong answer. That’s one thing that is exciting about design! You can look at an abstract painting or a cloud in the sky, and one person might see an elephant and the other person sees an umbrella!


While discovering more and more about design, I went onto Canva.com and processed through a number of different design tutorials! The seven I went through were:

  1. Tips for Titles
  2. Color Relationships
  3. Marrying Text and Images
  4. Introduction to Infographics
  5. Canva Tips and Tricks
  6. Perfect Presentations
  7. Building a Brand Kit

These are just several of the possible tutorials you can work with on Canva when trying to create your own designs!

Before this class, I had never played around with Canva, except for when I was trying to create a logo for my main domain! I never knew how many options there were! You can make a presentation, infographic, image, etc.! It’s kind of like an amusement park for designers! The possibilities are endless! Unfortunately, I had completed all of my design assignments for this week before I worked with Canva, but the next time I have to create something, I will definitely be using Canva! It’s so user-friendly and fun!

My History with Audio

My History with Audio

This week has been all about diving into the audio world!

I love to listen to music anytime I can. I also love to listen to podcasts and audiobooks when I can! I’m the person in the gym typically listening to a podcast of some sort rather than listening to music while on the treadmill. If I’m not listening to music, a podcast, or an audiobook, I am watching YouTube or Netflix. It’s an unhealthy obsession, really.

As a child, I owned my own Walk-Man and I would carry around my little case, with Barbie on the front, full of CDs. I would listen to each song on a CD and once CD was completely over, I’d pop the lid on the player and would put a new CD in. I would also sing along to the songs, but would forget my parents couldn’t hear the actual song so they just heard me singing at the top of my lungs to my music.

In the past, I have had to use SoundCloud and other audio-producing programs to complete different assignments. Last semester, I had to create an episode of my own “podcast” in which I talked about the evolution of technology and media. I recorded it on GarageBand, and was able to edit it before turning it in. I added royalty-free music behind it to make it sound more “professional” and enticing.

Also, in high school, for my Spanish class, I would have to record myself saying words and phrases in Spanish for homework. I always hated it because for one, I hated the sound of my voice, and two, I hated having to actually record myself saying these things because I was embarrassed by the way I pronounced things, and if I slightly stumbled over my words, I would delete the entry and start over completely.

However, this week, I have been able to open my eyes, and ears, more to the world of audio production. After looking at my class’s audio tips page, I’ve learned quite a few new tricks and tips for making audio that people want to listen to. I think it’s so cool when you are listening to something and it has different audio clips playing over one another to make it sound like radio interference or record scratches. I also realized how important it is to create the audio at a normal pace so that it doesn’t sound like you’re nervous and just trying to get through everything you want to say, and so you don’t sound like that lady in church who doesn’t know how to read at a normal pace and it feels as though it takes her twenty-minutes to read one sentence. I think the audio should heard at the same pace as if you were reading the words on a page.

After watching Radio Lab’s Jad Abumrad, I realized just how much listening to audio can paint you hundreds of pictures, and not everyone imagines the same exact thing. The radio, just like a TV or cellphone, is a way to tell stories. As Abumrad also says, storytelling is something that has gone on for many, many years, and it continues to be a relevant practice that is important to each and every culture.

Living Life Through A Lens

Living Life Through A Lens

Pictures. We take them almost everyday.

This week I was tasked on completing and reading some research and information related to photography, and how to get that “picture”¬†perfect photo. I personally have the shakiest hands ever, and when I try to take a picture I have to use both hands because if I don’t, I get a picture that is unbelievably blurry and out of focus.

While reading through the “Tips” page on my class’s website, I learned quite a lot. One thing I learned was how to create depth, and how to do that trick where you can make something small look big and make something big look small. Have you ever seen that video or GIF of that Range Rover in grass, and it looks like a regular car, and then a person grabs it with their hand to reveal it’s just a toy?

I’ve always wanted to figure out how to do this. I have not quite succeeded, but am going to keep trying!

I also learned to wait for the perfect moment to take the photo. Sometimes I am so excited to see something or someone that I whip my camera out right away and take a picture or video, and miss what happened all together because I was too focused on pulling my phone out to take a picture. I want to be able to know how to anticipate when something is going to happen so I can be ready, but also so I can enjoy it in the moment. If I’m at a concert, I might have my phone out and ready to record a video, but I miss actually seeing them, without the camera, come out on stage because I’m looking through the screen of my phone. I’d also love to be able to capture photos as they happen! Such as the example on the “Tips” page that explains being able to take a picture of a baby when they spill the glass of milk! That would be both so fun and funny!

 

Also this week, I got to take a look at an online photo gallery of images of abandoned places in America. I was able to find it on a website called¬†Abandoned America. I chose to specifically look at the gallery of images of abandoned buildings such as hospitals, institutions, schools, and prisons. I have always been intrigued by videos and pictures of abandoned places such as prisons, hospitals, homes, and office buildings. There is something so interesting about them! Sometimes, it looks as though the people just got up and left over night and left everything behind. These cases always give me an uneasy feeling. There were numerous photos of abandoned prisons and hospitals. The windows were broken. The paint or wallpaper was falling and cracking off of the walls. The floors were covered in trash, dust, and dirt. In the prisons, almost all of the prison cell doors were covered in rust. However, there were some pictures of schools and other buildings that still were in good condition! In one school,¬†Good Samaritan Catholic School,¬†the desks and chairs were all organized in the classroom. The blackboard looked like it had recently been erased. Everything was still in its place. However, the word that stuck out most in my mind as I saw each photo of all of the buildings was “ghost-town.”

Here are some of the photos from Abandoned America, itself.

Source: Abandoned America
Source: Abandoned America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* I don’t own either of these photos. All rights to the owner.

All of these pictures make me want to know exactly what happened that led to each of these places. Were they condemned? Were they bankrupt? Were they evicted? What happened? They definitely give me an post-apocalyptic feeling.

 

The third photography-related assignment I completed this week was Photoblitz. To give you an idea of what this is, you go to a site and it gives you seven prompts of pictures you need to take or try to take in a time limit of twenty minutes. Each list is different. Here is what mine looked like!

I was able to complete all seven in the twenty-minute time limit! I had quite a lot of fun with it. I don’t know if mine are the most artsy examples, but I still had fun! I’d love to do another one of these in the future!

I began this twenty-minute challenge at 1:15 and finished it at 1:35. The first image is a smiley face made out of food. To be totally honest, I did not have a whole bunch of food at my disposal, so I used two clementines, a cracker, and some Cheez-Its! Very simple! But still a face! The second picture was a picture I took of my shadow on the grass. The third photo is of my feet in my slippers today due to the dreary, rainy weather we had here today. The fourth photo is of the fire alarm in my building to represent something loud. There is nothing louder than a fire alarm, especially at 1:00 AM. The fifth photo is of two things that don’t go together; oil and water. The sixth photo is of the mirror on the back of my door. It feels like it creates an inception! The seventh photo is a picture dominated by my favorite color, pink. My pink computer case, pens and highlighters, hair brush, lotion, and deodorant.

After completing this assignment, I kind of felt like this was a fun party game! I can see doing this at a party where your friends have to draw an assignment out of a hat, and then take a picture representing the prompt! This may seem like a lame party game to some, but to me it sounds awesome! I definitely plan to do this assignment again for fun in the future! I’ll make sure to share it here with you all, too!

 

Reflecting on More Apocalyptic Fiction

Reflecting on More Apocalyptic Fiction

I have just finished reading two short stories based on separate apocalyptic worlds.

The first story I read was¬†Tupac Shakur and the End of the World¬†by Sandra McDonald. If you’re intrigued, check it out here! The second story I read was¬†There Will Come Soft Rains¬†by Ray Bradbury. If you want to read this one, you can find it here!

Before I read Sandra McDonald’s story, I didn’t know what to expect. I figured that she was going to somehow bring Tupac back from the dead as a character in the apocalypse, but wasn’t quite sure. However, once I began to read, I quickly realized that she had been an author, and researched and studied Tupac Shakur’s life for one of her books. As the story began I was not sure what kind of environment these characters were in. Soon enough, the imagery she used in her story helped me picture these survivors walking down an empty I-95 trying to survive long enough to get to Florida. I could also picture the abandoned cars with people who have been infected and killed by the killer disease, called “The Creep.” Susan, the narrator and main character of the story, goes to each dead body and collects something from each of them to put in her backpack.

As I was learning more about this terrible disease, “The Creep,” I pictured people turning into stone, without ever being able to become mobile ever again. It really reminded me of Ariana Grande and MIKA’s music video for their song “Popular Song” in which Ariana and MIKA are bullied in school, and when they invite their bullies over for dinner, the “mysterious potion” served turns the bullies into stone, which later crumble to the floor.

source: http://gigihelps.tumblr.com/post/89793858254/negative-ariana-grande-gif-hunt from Giphy.com

I really enjoyed this story. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see who would be turned into a ‘statue’ next. This story also didn’t hold back on violence, but these acts were mostly done as humane choices. When Chris kills Tina, who becomes infected by “The Creep,” it is his way of putting her out of her misery due to the fact that she’ll never get her life back. The same thing is done to the trooper who the survivors find on the road.

I felt almost like I was there. I felt like I was trying my best to survive and stay as far away as possible from the infectious disease. I could imagine being surrounded by hundreds and thousands of dead people while trying to understand why Susan wanted a ‘souvenir’ from each body. At the end of the story, I was pleasantly surprised by the somewhat happy ending. Susan is saved, but we don’t know for sure what happened to Jack. I would definitely read a sequel if there is one!

Ray Bradbury’s story was not as enticing as McDonald’s. I think this was in part to the length of the story. If it had been longer, it could have included even more detail about where all of the families had disappeared to. Why was this house the only one still standing? However, this is not to say that I did not enjoy this story!

When I first began reading, I could not figure out what was happening. What kind of ‘end’ had occurred? I was running through the list of possible scenarios such as a volcano eruption, disease, meteorite, tsunami, black hole, etc. I don’t think I ever got an exact answer to that question, though. When I started to realize that the house was completely self-sufficient and more of a “smart-home” than anything else, I felt like I wanted to live there. I wish I could go down my stairs in the morning and have my kitchen making me pancakes for breakfast. Maybe that’s what we have to look forward to in 2026? I was able to picture this “smart-home” in an environment where there is nothing else around it but ash and remnants of houses and buildings that used to exist. However, the one question I really wanted to have answered was what happened to the family? Had they disappeared completely? Had they escaped? Had they died? We are told that there are silhouettes of a family playing catch burned into the side of the house, but what does that mean?

As the first story reminded me of Ariana Grande and MIKA’s music video, this story reminded me of the old Disney movie,¬†Smart House.¬†In this movie, a robot named “Pat” becomes a mother figure in the household who takes care of the children and the father in the house. You can only imagine how that story goes. If you want to watch the trailer, you can find it here!

Both stories were quite enjoyable and intriguing. I didn’t know if I could be this interested in science fiction, especially stories about the apocalypse. However, these grabbed me, in somewhat of a disturbing way. I look forward to reading similar stories in the future!

Exploring Apocalyptic Fiction

Exploring Apocalyptic Fiction

This past week, I have explored apocalyptic fiction in several different mediums.

I watched an episode of a BBC Docuseries called¬†Horizon which came out in 2004. The episode I watched showed five different possibilities of how to world, as we know it, could end. The first scenario was a massive tsunami. The second was a killer meteorite. The third was a global pandemic/disease. The fourth was a volcanic eruption. The last included strange matter, such as a black hole. There was one main character, Dr. Howell, who was planning on conducting an experiment in all five scenarios. However, in the first four scenarios, he is unable to get to the lab due to the dangers proposed by the first scenarios. After each world-ending scenario occurs, the world starts over completely. Each scenario ‘segment’ begins with Dr. Howell laying in bed as his television playing the credits from a program he was watching. The last part of the credits we see shows the words¬†“The End”¬†as to refer to the “end” of the world. Each day starts over with Dr. Howell, but different characters begin to appear each day. At the end of the docuseries’s episode, Dr. Howell finally manages to turn the key that ‘launches’ the black hole that begins to swallow everything in its vicinity.

While watching this episode, I realized how happy I was that none of these epidemics were, hopefully, not going to be arriving any time soon. I realized that I would definitely be one of the first to die in each situation. I cannot run fast, and I don’t go outside everyday in bubble wrap to protect myself from volcanic eruptions or other flying shrapnel from a meteorite. I would try to fight as long as I could, but if I was to come face-to-face to one of these scenarios, I would not last very long at all. However, if I was able to prepare, and get to the highest point of my building or stay inside with everything I need, I can see myself staying safe. One of my biggest fears in life is getting sick. I do everything I can to stay healthy. Maybe I could survive that scenario, but if I have to combat zombies, I can’t make any promises. However, I can’t say I black hole opening up in the world any time soon. I found this scenario to be the most fictional out of the other four. This episode definitely portrayed what the apocalypse may look like. None of us might receive any warnings until it’s too late. It may come as something inevitable and something none of us can avoid or fight against.

Also this week, I read the entry called¬†Apocalyptic SF from¬†The¬†Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. Something I never knew before reading this article is the fact that apocalyptic sci-fi and science fiction in the first place really began in the late eighteenth century. I definitely thought that sci-fi got it’s beginning in the 20th century. I also never knew that sci-fi really became a popular genre because of the way it portrays “sadistic fascination with representing massive destruction in minute detail” (Routledge). I agree with this statement because in many apocalyptic fiction works, no one is running around screaming, but everyone acts as though it is a normal part of life. It is almost as if people just expect that the apocalypse will come, without a doubt, like the concept of death. We all know we will all die at some point.

The last piece of apocalyptic fiction I delved into was reading a few excerpts from Edan Lepucki’s novel,¬†California (2014). It really drew me in because it explains a post-apocalyptic world in which the two main characters Frida and Cal learn to live in the wilderness after the world that they’ve known has been completely destroyed. I am looking forward to reading this novel in full very soon. So far, I know that Frida and Cal are living in the wilderness, and Frida is also pregnant. I’m very excited to see where this story goes!